Between Rothko and 3 Windows
By Corrado Paina
Translated by Damiano Pietropaolo
Set in Toronto and Milan, Between Rothko and 3 Windows takes us into the inner vortex of cities evolving away from the imagined ethnic certainties of the past towards an unsettling, increasingly chaotic world in which we struggle to find a firm foothold on the ever-shifting ... Read more
Set in Toronto and Milan, Between Rothko and 3 Windows takes us into the inner vortex of cities evolving away from the imagined ethnic certainties of the past towards an unsettling, increasingly chaotic world in which we struggle to find a firm foothold on the ever-shifting realities of citizenship and identity. Luigi Sasta, editor in chief of the moribund Italian language daily, Stampa Italica, is caught in his own existential vortex in a kind of no man's land that is the city of Toronto. Nearing retirement age and suffering from periodic angina attacks, widowed for eleven years, estranged from his beloved daughter, unable to forge lasting friendships in the New World, Luigi meanders on the streets of Toronto, at once seduced and repelled by the steel and glass temples of commerce, longing for a return to some Arcadian homeland that seems to exist only in his fevered imagination.
Born in Milan, Italy, Corrado Paina has been living in Toronto 1987, where he serves as editorial director of the quarterly magazine ItalyCanada Trade. He is also the Deputy Director and Editor of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Toronto News. Paina's work has been published in several literary magazines in Italy, Canada, Ireland and the US. He has published Hoarse Legend, The Dowry of Education and The Alphabet of the Traveler with Mansfield Press, and short story collections and a book of poetry in Italy. He also edited with Denis De Klerck a book entitled College Street - Little Italy - Toronto's Renaissance Strip, published by Mansfield Press.